"That which is overdesigned, too highly specific, anticipates outcome; the anticipation of outcome guarantees, if not failure, the absence of grace."
-- William Gibson, All Tomorrow's Parties
Incredibly annoying system upgrade.

I've been around. I've done lots of stupid shit with computers. Upgrading the RAM in my Mac mini might just have been the most annoying one.

I was about to order a putty knife (which everyone suggests using, but damages the case, when ejp reminded me that a while back I had posted a link to some guys who used a strand of CAT5 to get the case open. That single side tab on the front was the worst one.

Twenty minutes later, I had the case open, the RAM swapped, and booted the machine. All was happy.

But Buddha on a pogo-stick, man. What a pain.

As an added bonus, I pulled the 512 stick out of the mini and dumped it into my x86 workstation that never gets used. All of my machines now have a gig or more of RAM in them now.

selene (PowerBook) 1.25G
eos (Mac mini) 1G
hyperion (Dell SC1400, fw/fserv) 1G
helios (x86 bitchbox) 1G

Kinda neat. Weird, though.

December 13, 2005 10:37 PM


Best ever : With OS X you'll still be living in swap if you try to do anything with it beyond, say, the internets and the VLC/mplayer.

Posted by: solios at December 15, 2005 4:04 PM

You exaggerate. :)

Posted by: bda at December 15, 2005 8:23 PM
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